# John McGinn: Aston Villa Midfielder on Unai Emery, Ollie Watkins and the Joy of Playing Football
Aston Villa and Scotland midfielder John McGinn has been talking to Football Focus about the joy of playing football, the transformation of the club under Unai Emery, and his relationship with team mate Ollie Watkins.
## John McGinn on the Joy of Playing Football
John McGinn is a passionate footballer who loves being out on the pitch. He says that playing football is “the best feeling in the world” and that he loves the challenge of competing against other teams. He also enjoys the camaraderie of playing alongside his team mates, saying that it’s “a great feeling to be part of a team”.
## Unai Emery’s Transformation of Aston Villa
McGinn has seen first-hand the transformation of Aston Villa under Unai Emery. He says that Emery has brought a new level of professionalism to the club, and that the players have responded positively to his methods. He believes that Emery has helped to bring out the best in the team, and that they are now playing with more confidence and belief.
## John McGinn and Ollie Watkins: A Winning Combination
John McGinn and Ollie Watkins have formed a formidable partnership in midfield for Aston Villa. McGinn says that he enjoys playing alongside Watkins, and that they have a good understanding of each other’s game. He also admits to winding up Watkins from time to time, saying that it’s all part of the fun of playing football.
## Watch Football Focus on BBC iPlayer and BBC One
To find out more about John McGinn’s thoughts on Aston Villa, Unai Emery and Ollie Watkins, be sure to watch Football Focus on Saturday 7 October at 12:00 BST on BBC iPlayer and BBC One. You can also get all the best Aston Villa content right here, and more from The Premier League (external site).